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Hop Strike Black IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Hop Strike Black IPAHop Strike Black IPA

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kirkpjr on 06-04-2010)
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Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into a Hopus tulip pours a dark brown with a decent frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of dark malts and rye with a slight amount of Earthy hops. The taste is a nice blend of chocolate malts, citrus hops and rye with a nice lingering bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:29:57 | More by atsprings
Photo of travelfrog

New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Black Rye IPA? I simply had to try this when I heard about it.

I tried this brew on tap at my favorite pizza pub in Washington, DC.

Appearance was OK, but a bit disappointing -- dark and fizzy, but a bit transparent. It kind of looked like a cola, especially with the big bubbles.

Smell was a lot better. Very rich and malty with a touch of Lithuanian Black Bread from my childhood. It was obvious this would be a very substantial beer.

Taste was good -- both hoppy and malty at the same time, with a good dose of rye for good measure.

Mouthfeel was just fine, maybe a bit of a bit sweet cloy on the palate.

Drinkability was also good. Perhaps you might not want to drink large amounts of this complex beer in a short time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 00:50:41 | More by travelfrog
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with 1 finger dark cream head. Nice rings of lace. Not much retention.

Nose is chocolate malt with light roast coffee under. Light earthy hops under all that.

Light bite up front with lots of chocolate and faint anise. Nice hop bite in the finish with dark vanilla cream. Touch of rye dryness.

Body is right on the money. Just rich enough for the dark malts.

Very easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 00:48:46 | More by beer2day
Photo of beerphan


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle -> sa taster
no date

Pours a deep dark brown with a huge slightly mocha head that deposits chunks of lace from top to bottom.

Nose: Huge intense citrus nose, almost like a fresh bag of hop pellets

Medium thin semi-creamy body. Chocolate malts dominate upfront along with some slight rye spice and a bit a candied caramel. Piney hops come in quickly with citrus resin, and a piney spicy bitterness that seems a tad tamer than the advertised 78 IBU's.

A cool unique take on the BIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:33:34 | More by beerphan
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow here in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chocolate brown with a half finger off white head atop,mild leafy hop and earthy tones in the nose,the rye is subdued.Flavors are a good mix of dark bread,bitter chocolate,and herbal/citric hops,all come together pretty well.The hops dont "strike" to hard but its a nice well rounded rye/CDA hybrid to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 21:21:48 | More by oberon
Photo of Vonerichs


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with tall and tan head. Really good lacing.

The smell is pretty passive. I pick up a little chocolate, some spine, and pine.

Spice from the rye, a dose of pine, and some dark chocolate. The chocolate isn't very prevalent, but adds a nice touch. My knock is that it finishes a little soapy, like dish soap.

Mouthfeel is slick and lightly carbonated.

It's an easy drinker. A decent beer with some interesting qualities, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:02:59 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a Stout, looks like a Stout. Looks better than it tastes, but the finish is off to my taste buds. It's decent enough, but I really didn't like the finish, maybe it's the sharp Rye bite, but it finished like burnt malt, and I couldn't get that taste to go away. I had one on tap and could never enjoy drinking two. Worth a shot, but to a pure IPA guy this one is just about average, but it's nice to see someone try something different than spitting out another Smuttynose close as an example. Kudo's on the effort, but like most things everyone is different, and I might give it another shot. My 1st black IPA so perhaps a me thing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 18:56:40 | More by nc41
Photo of GrainDamaged


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque ebony, dark and luscious with a tiny thin caramel head, constellations of larger bubbles punctuate it graciously. Lacing is surprisingly generous.
Hops, serious hops fruity and woodsey, and a bit of malt graces my nose.
Crisp and bitter, a little bit of lemon, very little sweet at all, but didn't really expect it. Incredibly refreshing even in the dead of winter.
Relaxingly smooth, not heavy or syrupy, but a wonderful tingle along the way. Ending in a solem burn of spicy hops and a touch of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:59:59 | More by GrainDamaged
Photo of alkemy


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 16oz. bottle. Pours a murky and dark mahogany with a fairly thin beige head that recedes into a lasting veil. I have to admit, I was not expecting a lot as I've had a few other offerings from Tommyknocker. However, I knew after my first whiff that this one was different. Great mixture of citrus and pine dominates the aroma. Rye is plentiful as well as a hint of bitter chocolate. There's also just the slightest touch of burnt woody or nutty tone. Taste is great. There's enough malt to give decent balance, but the hops stand out as they should. Grapefruit really owns the front giving way to the bittery chocolate and rye. I was left with a lingering bitter taste of iced black coffee. If I had to nitpick, I'd say feel was on the thin side. Really nice beer by Tommyknocker.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:45:06 | More by alkemy
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite hoppy with a nice, tempting rye overtone and just a teeny hint of molasses. It pours a dark, nearly opaque mahogany brown with a fair fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor has tones of hops and rye, some bitterness but not too much, and hints of malt and caramel. Texture is rough and tingly, hardly smooth, quite pleasing. If you like unusual IPAs, this one is right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:46:41 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of beerhan


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pitch black color with thin cocoa head that fades fairly fast and turns into a white lacing. Smells chocolatety but that is pretty subtle. There is a little pine to the taste and some hop presence that is mostly on the after taste. An interesting tingle on the tongue that is not the most pleasant but still a pretty good beer. It tastes pretty good but is a little heavy. Its been a while since I have had this on tap but it is definitely more enjoyable that way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:55:31 | More by beerhan
Photo of dbossman


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black with a small but steady tan head; lacing is intricate

S: Lots of rye breadiness coupled with pine, flowers, and weed? a subtle citrus makes this an interesting and nice smelling beer

T: The rye maltiness is most prevalent up front and then the pine bitterness comes back but in the end it's the chocolaty breadiness that stays on the tongue

F: Creamy with a pleasantly low amount of carbonation--this beer sits nicely on the back of the mouth

D: This is a really nice offering from Tommyknocker--their best that I've had; this is a tasty and easy drinking Rye PA; nice work guys!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 16:24:02 | More by dbossman
Photo of slatetupelo


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark ruby/brown, it almost looks black with a decent tan head. Good lacing.

My first rye IPA... First and foremost are the roasted malts, I taste the hops but they're subdued. There is a very mild bitterness, not as much as a regular IPA. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 06:29:32 | More by slatetupelo
Photo of compass40204


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark garnet or mahogany with a scant finger's worth of foam. Shortly after pouring the tan head dissipates leaving a heavy lacing at the top of my glass, which stuck there all the way through. Mild hop aroma, less than I've gotten from most black IPA's. Chocolate malts prominent in the aroma. Overall a pleasant combination that leans toward malty. Big hop flavor, very evenly matched by the dark malts. Superbly balanced. Lingering flavors of rye and citrus rind. Body is light. Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent. I think this is a great take on a new style and the use of rye makes it a bit unique. Very good, but there's a bit too much astringency for me to run out for more of this. On the other hand, I can't really think of a better beer to pair with a Reuben sammich, but I'm open to suggestions.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 20:57:41 | More by compass40204
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours really dark, almost black with a fairly short head, but good lacing. Nice bitter smell with some firm black malt background. Tastes great with bitter pine, firm malt, roasted grains. Pretty good beer, even surprisingly good. I like all these black IPAs, and this brewery tends to be a little timid or too one-note, but this beer is right on spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:40:34 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a willis glass.

Pours a deep ruby, almost black, light swallowing beer with dark ruby highlights around the edges. Big billowy tan head that drops after a few minutes to a wisp of foam and tons of lacing.

Aromas of citrusy hops, mostly along the grapefruit line, with a light chocolate roastiness.

First sip is of roasted malt, spicy rye bread flavors, and a rather subdued bitterness. I wonder if this is an older bottle. For a stated 78 IBU, it is a little lacking in hop bitterness for an IPA, even for a hybrid. However, the hop aromas still come through rather strongly, it just seems to be underbittered. It lacks a punch.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Full roasted malt, a light bitterness, and rye bread in the finish.

Although this misses the mark a little bit for a black IPA, it is rather good overall, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:05:39 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of hosehead83


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with ruby highlights, big rocky head of eggshell-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops and a faint cocoa powder note
Taste-Cocoa porter and citrussy IPA combo of flavors. Milk chocolate, smoky, citrus hop bite, and a spicy rye profile make this a very tasty and interesting brew. A little different taste with every sip. Very flavorful, but a bit thin-bodied in the mouthfeel keeps this brew from being truly exceptional. Still, a very tasty and interesting beer. Would pair nicely with smothered burritos. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 15:43:06 | More by hosehead83
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpernickel brown with muddy pumpkin highlights and a chunk of bubbly foam that filled almost half the glass on the pour. Thick sheets of baby Swiss-like lace are beginning to be laid down as the suds slowly shrink. Looks like lots of hop resins are in the house.

Smells like it too. In fact, hops are pummeling chocolate rye into submission. Citrusy and resinous Chinook dominate a hop bill that also includes Newport, Glacier, Nugget and Summit. Thankfully, the garlic and onion-like quality of that last one are at a low ebb.

Hop Strike is just as much black IPA as rye beer. Having said that, the back half of each mouthful is bursting with rye malt earthiness, so perhaps the chosen style is the more accurate one. 78 IBUs seems generous, epecially since the bottled version hasn't yet seen its two month anniversary.

It's still hoppily delicious beer that is nicely balanced by its malts (pale, crystal, chocolate and chocolate rye). Although spicy Summit hops have a definite say in the flavor profile, there's so much else going on that they're easily tolerated. Cocoa notes emerge as the beer continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is slightly too skimpy and is very slightly underbubbled. Not a deal-breaker, but enough so that this score falls a fraction below the others. Easy drinking, though.

Tommyknocker Hop Strike Rye-IPA is good beer that would have a chance to be better beer with a few well-chosen tweaks. My suggestions: 25% more malt, 50% more hops, better bubbles, and jettison the Summit hops. Here's hoping the brewery plans a year-round release.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 12:35:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of nrbw23


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a brown color with a pretty big light brown or tan colored head. Head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing here and there.

S- Nothing really jumps out here at me. A bit of piney and tropical hops. A bit of darker malts and a touch of rye. Everything seems fairly light.

T- The taste follows the nose pretty well. Starts out like a lightly hopped IPA and then makes a quick turn. A bit of chocolate, bread and rye come to play. Nothing too over the top and pretty solid.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Not too bad to drink. Not the best by any means but have had much worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 20:26:04 | More by nrbw23
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, rye, chocolate, and some roasted malt. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the rye being a bit weak in the flavor at first, but becoming much stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and it's an enjoyable brew. I think this is a solid overall beer, I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:52:49 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottle, fresh.

Pours kind of a ruddy dirt brown color, hazy, with smallish tan head. Nose is simple, citrus hops with a bit of chocolate and darker malt underneath. Flavor is pretty good, big citrus hops, a bit of rye spiciness, some more substantial malts come through on the finish (toast, hints of chocolate). Pretty thin MF, but really refreshing drink. Not a bad brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 22:45:45 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of elgiacomo


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle, fresh batch.

Pours thin dark brown with a two finger foamy tan head that recedes very slowly, leaving a lot of clumpy and spotty lacing and holds an excellent cap all the way down the glass.

Aroma features some rye, bread, chocolate, light coffee, some caramel and toffee, and a bit of citrus hops, aroma starts out weak but let it warm and the chocolate and citrus really start to come to life nicely.

Flavor is quite nice with a blast of citrus hops mingling with chocolate malt, good rye spice, bready, some caramel and toffee, moderate sweetness and good bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel despite the thin-looking appearance upon pouring, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Very nice Black IPA and I really dig the extra kick the rye gives. Progresses well from cold to warm...a lot of hops and bitterness cold and the chocolate malt coming to the forefront as it warms up. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:02:55 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of DenverLogan


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know...after a big mountain drive I often head for Tommyknockers. Now I know, there's some alternatives, like Summit County with Backcountry and Dam Brewery, and the Golden City Brewery, and others, but Tommyknocker puts out some fine brews, especially at the brewery. Reminds me of Abita in Louisiana...if you only get the beers in 6-packs at your local grocery store, then yeah, they're so-so, but at the brewery, you often find the gems, and the atmosphere can be compelling. Anyway, I happily digress...I'd say this is a fine black IPA and I like that style, I'll admit. However, lately it's been difficult, because they have also had a fresh hop with hops from Montrose, CO, and they have a fine Saison at less than 5%, and there's the Oaked Butthead Bock, and the always lovely Imperial Nut Brown, but over the last couple of weeks I've picked growler refills of the Hop Strike...nice aroma, color, tastes of some hops being challenged by mild dark malts with a nice overall profile...refreshing and satisfying...ayieee!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 03:31:15 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of bierenutz


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-From the tap there was almost no head or lacing left on the glass. The color was a dark brown with some reddish hues.
S-Piney hops and an earthy backbone with rich roasted malts, chocolate and mild citrus aromas of grapefruit.
T-The bitterness of the hops is tempered by the sweetness if the chocolate flavors with rye afternotes.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation.
D-Very drinkable...over and over!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 00:42:44 | More by bierenutz
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a very dark reddish brown colour. Thick, craggy caramel coloured foam covers the top. This looks absolutely fantastic!
Smell is grassy and floral and a bit piney. You can also pick up on the sweet rye maltiness a little, but the hops really do dominate the smell.

Taste is big grapefruit citrusy hops. One really would have to use their imagination to get much else out of this. This is much hoppier than I was prepared for.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and perfectly carbonation. This really isn't my style or something I would seek out, but given what it is, I think Tommyknocker did a spectacular job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:41:50 | More by SilentSabre
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